HOW-TO VIDEO: Build an End Grain Cutting Board with a Woodmaster

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Click and watch Paul Mayer make a handsome brick-patterned cuttingboard with a Woodmaster Molder/Planer!

Complete construction diagrams and cut list are included in the video

Complete construction diagrams and cut list are included in the video

In this how-to woodworking video, woodworker and author Paul Mayer walks you through all the steps to create a beautiful end grain cutting board with a cool brick wall pattern with help from his Woodmaster 4-in-1 Molder/Planer.

All the steps are shown, and all the diagrams and measurements are embedded right in the video itself. Just hit “print screen” and print the images out from any graphics application. Take them out to your shop and start building!

This is a fun project to build,” says woodworker and Woodmaster Owner, Paul Mayer. “You can use these cutting boards yourself or give them as gifts — people love them.”

"I start all my projects by putting the wood through my Woodmaster set up as a planer. This assures the wood is flat, smooth, and the exact thickness I want."

“I start all my projects by putting the wood through my Woodmaster set up as a planer. This assures the wood is flat, smooth, and the exact thickness I want.”

Make your own handsome, food safe, end grain cutting board following Paul’s video instructions. Click and watch — everything you need to know is here including Paul’s detailed 3-D construction diagrams and cut list.

In this video, Paul demonstrates how to glue up alternating rows of walnut and maple woods to achieve the unique "brick-and-mortar" pattern.

In this video, Paul demonstrates how to glue up alternating rows of walnut and maple woods to achieve the unique “brick-and-mortar” pattern.

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Woodmaster’s a combo planer, drum sander, molder, gang rip saw

“I built this cutting board using my Woodmaster,” says Paul. “I set it up as a planer to dimension and surface the wood. That’s an important first step to make sure you end up with a really professional quality cutting board.”

"I change the Woodmaster over from a Planer to a Drum Sander simply by swapping the head. It only takes a few minutes."

“I change the Woodmaster over from a Planer to a Drum Sander simply by swapping the head. It only takes a few minutes.”

Paul explains more. “Then I switched my Woodmaster over to a drum sanding machine by taking out the planer head and putting in the drum sander head instead. Of course you can build this other ways but the Woodmaster is a very efficient way to create a perfectly flat, smooth surface. It’s 4 machines in 1 – a combo planer, drum sander, molding machine, and gang rip saw, all in just 9 square feet of shop space.”

"Woodmaster's unique Reversing Switch brings the wood back to me as I sand. This saves me from having to run laps around my Woodmaster from infeed to outfeed."

“Woodmaster’s unique Reversing Switch brings the wood back to me as I sand. This saves me from having to run laps around my Woodmaster from infeed to outfeed.”

Beautiful, durable, food safe

Build this outstanding cutting board from walnut and maple as Paul does, or choose your own woods. “Because this is an end grain cutting board, it’s gentle on your knives,” says Paul. “Your knives stay sharper longer. And the board stays handsome because it’s self-healing. When you cut vegetables or meats, the end grain tends to swell up as it absorbs moisture and the cuts close themselves. It stays nicer looking longer.”

Paul reveals how to get the mortar lines straight and tight

"Final sanding with the Woodmaster set up as a drum sander is fast and easy. I take off a little at a time and end up with a perfectly flat, smooth finish."

“Final sanding with the Woodmaster set up as a drum sander is fast and easy. I take off a little at a time and end up with a perfectly flat, smooth finish.”

Make a handsome end grain cutting board. Woodmaster Owner, Paul Mayer, shows you all his tricks of the trade!

Make a handsome end grain cutting board. Woodmaster Owner, Paul Mayer, shows you all his tricks of the trade!

The brick-and-mortar design is visually appealing and it’s simpler to achieve with a Woodmaster than you might imagine. But there’s a clever trick to getting the staggered and alternating mortar lines just right. Don’t worry; Paul shows and tells all.

So click, watch, enjoy, build, and get ready for questions like, “Hey, how in the world did you make that?”

— Paul Mayer, woodworker, author, Woodmaster Owner

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“Woodmaster’s the BEST KEPT SECRET IN FINE WOODWORKING — combo molder, planer, drum sander, saw in one small footprint.”

"This is the Woodmaster Advantage," says Paul. "This is a curly maple tabletop running through my Woodmaster. Making a finishing pass on a glued up tabletop is normally a bad idea. The only reason it worked here is because of Woodmaster's Spiral Cutterhead."

“This is the Woodmaster Advantage,” says Paul. “This is a curly maple tabletop running through my Woodmaster. Making a finishing pass on a glued up tabletop is normally a bad idea. The only reason it worked here is because of Woodmaster’s Spiral Cutterhead.”

Here's Paul in his shop with his 18" Woodmaster Molder/Planer. He's a man on a mission to make great furniture!

Here’s Paul in his shop with his 18″ Woodmaster Molder/Planer. He’s a man on a mission to make great furniture!

  Paul Mayer’s one hard-workin’ guy. He works a full time job, writes articles and makes videos for the Woodworkers Guild of America, started his own side business, AND builds excellent furniture evenings and weekends with his Woodmaster Molder/Planer! We caught up with Paul recently — here’s his story…

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Here's Paul's completed table. Curly maple tabletop, the rest is walnut. "I planed all the components on my Woodmaster," he says.

Here’s Paul’s completed table. Curly maple tabletop, the rest is walnut. “I planed all the components on my Woodmaster,” he says.

“I feel like the luckiest man in the world. My wife gave me a table saw for my thirtieth birthday; I built my dream woodshop for my fortieth; I have a passion for woodworking; and I always have a project going. My day job is Product Management in a software company with over 20,000 employees. There’s a lot of stress but woodworking is my stress reliever.

I’ve been woodworking for 18 years and I’m probably an upper intermediate, serious hobbyist. I work in a variety of styles, building furniture, cabinetry, and more for my family and friends. I also hope to take on more commissions once I get caught up on my family’s furniture requests!

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"I built these matching dressers for my two children. I used solid maple and cherry as well as cherry plywood. All solid wood was planed on my Woodmaster," says Paul. "Now I'm jealous because these are much bigger and nicer than my rickety old dresser!"

“I built these matching dressers for my two children. I used solid maple and cherry as well as cherry plywood. All solid wood was planed on my Woodmaster,” says Paul. “Now I’m jealous because these are much bigger and nicer than my rickety old dresser!”

“Woodmaster gives you 4 machines in 1 small footprint.”

I have an 18”, 718 Woodmaster Molder/Planer. It has power and pizzazz others don’t. There are three main things I like about it. First, It’s USA made. Second, it’s one-tenth the price of industrial planers.

But the third thing is the biggest performance advantage: it’s four machines in one. You get four woodworking machines in one footprint. With simple changeovers, you can set it up as a molder, planer, drum sander, or rip saw. Most of the time, I use my Woodmaster set up as a planer, occasionally as a drum sander. I’ve used it as a ripsaw, too — it’s slick.

Fewer machines means more open workspace

"I built this bench of walnut, planed on my Woodmaster. I based it on a design by woodworking legend, Sam Maloof," says Paul. "This piece demonstrates that you can make 'non-boxy' furniture with a Woodmaster."

“I built this bench of walnut, planed on my Woodmaster. I based it on a design by woodworking legend, Sam Maloof,” says Paul. “This piece demonstrates that you can make ‘non-boxy’ furniture with a Woodmaster.”

BenchOpen shop space is important. I have a big shop but there’s no way I’ll take up space with a lot of equipment. My shop could fit twice as many tools as I have but I won’t do it. For example, I’m testing a lathe right now but I won’t keep it — it just takes up too much room for the use I’d get out of it. That’s why Woodmaster is such a big win. It gives me three or four times the functionality in one machine, one small footprint.

I got the Spiral Cutterhead, too, and I love it. I used it on the curly maple table in the photos. Most of the wood I buy is $2 to $5 a board foot. This curly maple was $25 a board foot, a very special piece of wood with an intense pattern. Woodmaster’s Spiral Cutterhead worked perfectly and a trip through the Woodmaster turned it into a $400 tabletop.

“Best kept secret in the fine woodworking community.”

I think Woodmaster is the best kept secret in the fine woodworking community. Sure, lots of guys are earning money by making molding with their Woodmasters — it’s easy to see the return on investment. But any woodworker who makes furniture or cabinetry will be amazed by the increase in capabilities this machine gives them. As one small example, I can make molding of the same wood as the furniture I’m building. 99% of woodworkers have to match molding as best they can. In my experience, the color and grain patterns never quite match unless you make the molding yourself from the same wood.

Paul, a 14" maple plank, and his Woodmaster. "This is one of the first test runs I did on my Woodmaster."

Paul, a 14″ maple plank, and his Woodmaster. “This is one of the first test runs I did on my Woodmaster.”

I think of the Woodmaster as a combination planer and drum sander for the small to medium shop. And it’s priced for small shops. Industrial machines are up to $25,000. Woodmaster’s a great planer and, with incremental cost, you get a drum sander, too. Plus, it’s the only American-made planer on the market.

A true Woodmaster fan

I love woodworking and I love writing about it — I write regular articles for the Woodworkers Guild of America’s website. Readers contact me about the Woodmaster Molder/Planer quite a bit because of the articles and videos about Woodmaster I’ve put together. I’m getting well known as a zealous advocate for Woodmaster!”

— Paul Mayer, Woodmaster Molder/Planer owner, Minnesota

See Paul’s videos on our Woodmaster Tools blog, and his posts on the Woodworkers Guild of America website. And visit Tool Metrix, his tool testing and evaluation consulting business.

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“WOODMASTER 718 – AN AMERICAN MADE PLANER / MOLDER / SANDER / RIPPER THAT WILL IMPROVE YOUR GAME.”

Click the image and watch how quick and easy it is to change the Woodmaster from one function to another - four functions in all - molder, planer, sander, saw.

Click the image and watch how quick and easy it is to change the Woodmaster from one function to another – four functions in all – molder, planer, sander, saw.

PRODUCT REVIEW by the Woodworkers Guild of America

The Woodmaster Molder/Planer is the frequent subject of product reviews in leading woodworking magazines, websites, and forums. The most recent Woodmaster review is by the Woodworkers Guild of America — read it in two installments on the Guild’s website.

Read Part 1 — An American Made Planer/Molder/Sander/Ripper That Will Improve Your Game

Read Part 2 — Sanding, Ripping, and Molding 

Review of delivery, setup, and planing

In Part 1,  professional woodworker, Paul Mayer , gives his in-depth analysis of our most popular model — the  Woodmaster 718 Molder/Planer — from home delivery and  first-time setup to planing.

Paul tests the Woodmaster's planing function by running a huge maple plank through.

Paul tests the Woodmaster’s planing function by running a huge maple plank through.

Paul writes, “My lunchbox planer had served me pretty well over the years, but recently I came the conclusion that I needed more performance and capacity in a planer. This led me to research all the usual suspects. I went back and forth between 15” and 20” models, and the various offerings in these categories were strikingly similar to one another. Then I stumbled upon the multi-function machine from Woodmaster Tools, and several things jumped out at me that separated Woodmaster from the pack:

• The machines are manufactured in the US, which is almost unheard of in small shop woodworking tools these days.

• The clever design allows the 718 to also serve as a drum sander, molder and gang rip saw (I have always wanted a drum sander but have never been able to dedicate the space in my small shop).

• Every time I called Woodmaster, I talked to a person who could answer all of my questions without having to look anything up. A couple of the folks I spoke with actually own and use the same machine as the one I was inquiring about. That is the benefit of dealing with a small company that sells only two primary items; combination machines such as the 718 and dedicated drum sanders.”

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Paul leaves no stone unturned and gives a very knowledgeable, detailed and objective report on Woodmaster features including our 5HP USA-made cutterhead motor; variable feed rate; Morse tapered shaft; pivoting bearings; chain-drive bed height adjustment; heavy cast iron bed; steel hood; feed rollers; our Spiral Cutterhead; and more.

4-in-1 Money Maker

Variable Feed Rate -- Paul writes, "One of the differentiating characteristics of this machine is the fully variable feed rate (with a standard machine configuration this is 0-16 FPM), which is powered by a dedicated feed motor and switch. This is critical for using the same machine to perform all of the functions that the 718 offers, as each of these functions can be optimized at a different feed rate, and further refinement can be performed within each function based upon wood species, figure, character, etc. "

Variable Feed Rate — Paul writes, “One of the differentiating characteristics of this machine is the fully variable feed rate (with a standard machine configuration this is 0-16 FPM), which is powered by a dedicated feed motor and switch. This is critical for using the same machine to perform all of the functions that the 718 offers, as each of these functions can be optimized at a different feed rate, and further refinement can be performed within each function based upon wood species, figure, character, etc. “

The Guild’s first Woodmaster article also discusses how and why the Woodmaster is a 4-in-1 money maker that converts easily from molder to planer, sander, or saw. The article includes a 6-minute videothat demonstrates speedy tool changes.

Review of molding, sanding, and gang ripsawing

In Part 2Paul tries and reports on the Woodmaster’s other three functions: molding, sanding, and ripsawing. After testing our drum sander head, he wrote, “I think it is brilliant to offer this as an add-on to a planer and I am surprised that other tool manufacturers don’t do so. My shop is modest in size, and I had not been willing to give up the floor space for a dedicated drum sander, so having it share the footprint of my planer is a huge bonus.”

Paul’s review of the Woodmaster set up as a molder? “It is, perhaps, the molding capability that separates this machine more than anything else. The power, precision, and weight of the 718 make it an ideal platform for milling anything from a chair rail to log siding and anything in between. With over 600 stock profiles and a custom molding knife service, the possibilities are virtually endless. It seems that many people purchase this machine primarily for the purpose of running a molding business, and the testimonials of these customers are impressive.”

Ripping performance gets a big thumbs up, too. “For prepping stock for large molding runs, the gang rip saw capability is a neat option. It allows for safe, quick ripping of multiple strips in a single pass, which delivers better quality and consistency compared 
to performing this function on a table saw. I found that I could feed stock through at full speed (16 feet per minute) and the machine powered through the cuts. It was the quietest, safest ripping I have ever done. No burn marks or chatter on hard maple.”

Thanks, Woodworkers Guild of America, for checking out our machines!

 The Woodworkers Guild of America is the leading online resource for woodworking video clips, tips, and techniques.

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